Ay, Carmela!

by José Sanchis Sinisterra

Translated by John London
Directed by Paula Paz

Carmela and Paulino, a couple of travelling entertainers, mistakenly cross the border that separates the two opposing sides of the Spanish Civil War. Unexpectedly, they end up in “Belchite” – a square that the National Army has recently liberated. Both actors will be forced to improvise a theatrical evening to celebrate the defeat of the enemy. What begins as an entertaining tribute to the victors ends as a tragic comedy.

Performances

24th September – 13th October  2018 (start time 7.30 pm)
Mon – Wed in Spanish
Thu – Sat in English

(running time: 2hrs 15mins)

Reviews: View from the Cheap Seats | The British Theatre Guide | The Spy in the Stalls

Paula Paz

Director

Paula Paz is a theatre director and a former professional ballet dancer. She is the co-founder and associate director of the Cervantes Theatre in London and the Spanish Theatre Company.

Paula holds an MA with Distinction in Theatre Directing from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and she began her career as a professional Ballet Dancer with companies such as Angel Corella Ballet, Maria Gimenez Ballet and Ballet Ireland.

At the Cervantes Theatre she has directed The Swallow by Guillem Clua and Darwin’s Tortoise by Juan Mayorga in both Spanish and English. Other directing credits include Knives in Hens by David Harrower at the KC Theatre, the dramatised reading of Sebastián Junyent’s It is Necessary to Take Apart the House at the White Bear Theatre and of ‘History of a Staircase’ by Buero Vallejo at Canada Water Culture Space and Eigengrau by Penelope Skinner at Mountview.

SPANISH CAST

Sofía Monreal

 

Sofía Monreal is a Spanish actress from Málaga. She trained at Cristina Rota Academy and with Will Keen, Manuel Morón, Sanzol, Lima and Vicente Fuentes. She has worked extensively in TV, film, and theatre. She also combines her work as an actress with her singing career, releasing her own record with her band Naranja Toscano and with her work as assistant director.

We are delighted to work again with this wonderful actress at the Cervantes Theatre after her previous work with us on the dramatised readings of ‘Eloísa está debajo de un almendro’ and ‘El local de Bernardeta A’.

 

Sofía Monreal, actriz española nacida en Málaga, se formó en la Escuela de Cristina Rota y con otros maestros como Will Keen, Manuel Morón, Sanzol, Lima, Vicente Fuentes. Ha trabajado en numerosas series de televisión, teatro y cine y sacó su propio disco con su banda Naranja Toscano. Actualmente compagina su faceta de actriz con la de ayudante de dirección y cantante.

Estamos encantados de poder trabajar de nuevo con esta maravillosa actriz en el Cervantes Theatre, tras haber trabajado con nosotros en las lecturas dramatizadas de “Eloísa está debajo de un almendro” y “El local de Bernardeta A.”.

Jorge Lucas

Jorge Lucas is a Spanish actor from Madrid. He graduated in drama in 1991 and has been working with directors such as Miguel Narros, Jaime Azpilicueta, Nieves Gámez, Ricard Reguant, David Planell, Denis Rafter, Manuel Carcedo, Juan Luis Iborra, Jose Luis García Sánchez, etc

He has worked extensively in TV, film, and theatre.
Theatre: El contador del amor, Mi última noche con Sara, 10 Negritos, Sonrisas y Lágrimas, Las 7 vidas del gato, Marlenne Dietrich Un ángel azul, Mala Yerba, El mercader de Venecia, El lindo Don Diego, etc
TV: La que se avecina, El ministerio del tiempo, Yo soy Bea, Ana y los 7, Canguros, etc
Movies: Licántropo El asesino de la luna llena, Adiós con el corazón, Enloquecidas.

 

Nace en Madrid. Licenciado en arte dramático, desde 1991. Ha trabajado con directores como Miguel Narros, Jaime Azpilicueta, Nieves Gámez, Ricard Reguant, David Planell, Denis Rafter, Manuel Carcedo, Juan Luis Iborra, José Luis García Sánchez, etc

Teatro: El contador del amor, Mi última noche con Sara, 10 Negritos, Sonrisas y Lágrimas, Las 7 vidas del gato, Marlenne Dietrich Un ángel azul, Mala Yerba, El mercader de Venecia, El lindo Don Diego, etc
Televisión: La que se avecina, El ministerio del tiempo, Yo soy Bea, Ana y los 7, Canguros, etc
Cine: Licántropo El asesino de la luna llena, Adiós con el corazón, Enloquecidas.

ENGLISH CAST

Madalena Alberto

Madalena is originally from Portugal and has made London her home since being invited to attend a Dance and Performing Arts Degree at Bird College. She has recently finished playing the title role in the UK and International tour of ‘Evita’, a part she was critically acclaimed for at the Dominion Theatre in 2014. She made her TV debut in Holby City as singer Christina Chapara (BBC), and has also been seen on More4 in the live transmission of The Vote from the Donmar Warehouse.

Other credits include: Carrie in Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds (Dominion Theatre); Tina Mckoy in The Fix (Union Theatre); Edith Piaf in Piaf (Leicester Curve), Gizabella in Cats (London Palladium); Fantine in the 25th Anniversary Tour of Les Miserábles (UK and International Tour, The Barbican Center); Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde (Union Theatre); Carmen in Fame(UK Tour).Madalena is also a songwriter and a proud associate artist of Chaskis Theatre Company.It is a privilege to work again with this wonderful actress at the Cervantes Theatre after her previous work with us on the dramatised reading of ‘The Little Pony’.

Ivanhoe Norona 

Ivanhoe has an extensive history on stage and screen.
On stage he has portrayed a variety of Shakespearean roles professionally including Bottom (Earl’s Courters’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Tybalt (Tight Fit’s Romeo & Juliet) MacDuff/Banquo (Wildcard’s Macbeth) and has already played Sir Toby Belch in Earl’s Courters’ Twelfth Night! Ivanhoe is currently appearing in Netflix Original series The Crown as the Island King. 
He has also appeared alongside Orlando Bloom in The Calcium Kid (2004) and had a recurring role in Lee & Herring’s This Morning with Richard not Judy (1999).

FULL TEAM

CREATIVE TEAM

Director: Paula Paz
Set Designer: Angel Haro
Lighting Designer: Nigel Lewis
Costume Designer: Isabel del Moral
Sound and Video: Enrique Muñoz

PRODUCTION TEAM

Producer: Jorge de Juan
Production Manager: Leoni Cotgrove
Stage Manager: Paula Lloret
House Manager: Teseo Martín
Production Assistants: Gabriel Márquez
                                     Marina Alemán
Set Assistant: Mariachiara Maracci
Costume Assistant: Clara Ruiz
Design: Sampson May
Photography: Elena Molina